A former student of McMaster University in the 1960s is donating $2 million to his alma mater as a gesture of thanks for helping contribute to his success, even though he may not have deserved it at first.

Walter Booth, a former engineering student at McMaster and now chairman of the Timberland Group of Companies, announced the donation recently.

Booth said the dean of the faculty at the time, and an engineering professor, allowed him to enrol in the program even though his qualifications did not strictly meet the admission criteria.

“They took a chance on me and this is a way for me to thank them,” Booth said.


Timberland, based in Woodstock, Ont., provides utility equipment and machinery to the hydro, telecommunications, marine and mining industries.

McMaster’s School of Engineering Practice will now be named after Booth.

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